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Breaking down Atlanta’s defensive approach to Julius Randle

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New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

During the 2020-21 regular season, the New York Knicks swept the Atlanta Hawks in the three-game season series. A lot of that was based upon the brilliant offensive work of Knicks power forward Julius Randle, who averaged 37.3 points per game on a scalding 73.2 percent true shooting mark. On top of that, he managed 20 assists in the three contests.

The playoff series between the Hawks and Knicks is not over by any means, even with Atlanta leading by a 3-1 margin. In fact, Randle may have more to say about how and when this series concludes. Thus far, however, the Hawks have been able to limit him to 16.8 points per game on an ugly 27.4 percent shooting mark from the floor and a 33.3 percent mark from the three-point line.

So, how have they managed to so significantly limit one of the better scorers in the league?

Let’s break it down.

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